A 60-metric tonnes cassava starch factory built by the Bayelsa State government will be inaugurated soon.
This was disclosed by Senator Douye Diri over the weekend during an inspection tour of the factory located at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.
In order to meet the plant’s expected production capacity, the governor urged people of the state to engage in massive cassava farming.
Senator Diri, who expressed satisfaction with the level of work done, noted that due to its production capacity, the quantity of cassava produced in the state would not be enough for it to produce at full capacity.
He called on the people to go into cassava farming as it would be a source of revenue generation not only to the state but also the people.
He said: “This is an indication that our people have to go back to the farms as what we are producing now would not be enough for the factory. So, I call on all Bayelsans to be very serious with cassava farming and production.
“All the necessary tools and machines are here. We are talking about commercial farming so you can make money.”
Diri commended his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, for embarking on the project aimed at producing starch for industrial purpose.
He also thanked the host community for securing the plant against vandalism.
In her remarks, the Technical Adviser on Agriculture, Dr. Mrs Helen Ajuwa, who took the governor round the factory, stated that it has the capacity to process 60 metric tonnes of cassava per day.
She said “those that have cassava should expand more on the production on their farm, and people that don’t have should start preparing to get from others sources because the demand for cassava stem wall be very high”
She also noted that direct and indirect engagement of workers will help reduce the unemployment rate in the state.
According to her the factory is for making of industrial starch for local and industrial use as well as modified starch which are used for the textile industry, pharmaceutical industry as they all need starch in one form or the other.
The industries, local market and international market will be the greatest beneficiaries, for now our focus is not based on garri production but for modified and liquid starch.